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This is a great project for anyone who has not done much sewing. There are no fancy stitches. No buttons, zippers or tricky bits either.

It is also a great project for anyone who loves purses but has trouble finding THE PERFECT PURSE. This is one purse that will be the right size and the right color. The strap will be the exact right length. Because you make all of those decisions.

This is great purse, because it's reversible too. So if your plans change, just flip it inside out and have a completely different look.

Finally, this project will give you basic purse assembly skills. After this one, you can make another one -- maybe with TWO straps! Or with a button loop instead of a flap! Your design. You decide.

To start, read through all of the steps and get the following materials and tools together.

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Step 1: Before you start

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The fabric that you pick will affect your experience, and your results.

If you're a beginner, I recommend that you get something cheap and lightweight to start with. You can iron some fusible interfacing to the back of it to make it a little stiffer.

Step 2: Measure, Measure, Cut

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This is your purse, so you get to decide how big it should be. Basically, you want to cut four pieces (two of each color), each of them two inches wider and one inch higher than your favorite purse.

Step 3: A zebra and a giraffe go into a bar.

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I've cut all of my pieces and laid them out.

Step 4: Start the straps

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Put the right sides together and sew up both sides, longways.

Step 5: Turning (and turning and turning and...)

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I hate turning. I've been known to recruit family members to do it for me. But this

See if you can find a small child to do this, or try the alternative technique described below.

Step 6: Finish the strap.

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The key to a nice strap, is the finishing. You should iron it flat and top-stitch.

Even vinyl can be ironed, at the right temperature.

(if your sewing skills don't include straight seams, don't try to top-stitch. :-)
cootersma3 years ago

love love love this bag! thanks to artsibitsi check her stuff out on
Bitsi (author)  cootersma3 years ago
You did a really nice job with this. Thanks for sharing the pictures. :-)
cootersma Bitsi3 years ago
I had to make another one! I made this one a lil bit bigger. Hope you like!
Bitsi (author)  cootersma3 years ago
Ha. Yes, its addictive. The pattern doesnt require much fabric and they're fast and easy to do.

This one is very pretty. :-)

what specific type of fabric do you recommend using when making this bag, for it to be sturdy and also for a first time seamstress

Bitsi (author)  nickyboobles5 months ago

Cotton is very easy to sew. It doesn't slip or stretch in your sewing machine. I've made a bunch of these purses using cheap cotton with interesting prints, but thin cotton does wear out pretty fast. Denim is sturdy and comes in different colors, and patterns... you could try that. :-)

I am not good with knowing types of material! Sorry I just go with whatever I have or like. U can add interfacing to material I it is thin. Sorry I am not much help!
nimupriyu made it!1 year ago

I used my old t-shirts to make this purse! they already had designs printed on them...!!

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Thank you for your 'ible..! everyone loved the purse...!! And now im trying to add white buttons on it to secure the flap...

Bitsi (author)  nimupriyu1 year ago

It looks great. Using t-shirts was a good idea.

Adding a button could be tricky. You'll need one on both sides of the bag. Try sewing a loop of elastic (like a ponytail holder) to the end of the flap, and putting the button on the bag.

Good luck!

Just soooooo Awesome. Excellent instructions as well. Thank you very much for sharing.
hbennis3 years ago
awesome; i'm going to go make this bag right now (minus the animal print lol) your instructions are great. i have read so many quilting books, magazines & it is like having to learn a whole different language. thanks for speaking english !! xx
hammer98765 years ago
You drew the fabric patterns freehand? Wow. I love the giraffe pattern. Then again, the zebra pattern is pretty awesome, too. "Gold painty pen." Would you tell us what kind of ink/paint you used? Has the gold paint worn well, as in, has it flaked off or anything? You may be interested in No, I don't work for them.
Bitsi (author)  hammer98765 years ago
Thanks. Both sides got a little scuffed up eventually. But the gold definitely lasted longer than the black sharpie ink. Here's a link for the pen: <a rel="nofollow" href=""></a><br/><br/>If you're just into the giraffe thing, try picking up a plain brown leather bag from the thrift store and painting your pattern on it.<br/><br/>:-)<br/><br/>
lancmaltby6 years ago
love the bag(s)!!! Great job!